Stagecoach Group, FREE FAST WIFI COMING TO 30 EAST MIDLANDS TRAINS STATIONS

Free, fast WiFi with The Cloud arrives at 30 train stations for improved customer experience 2012-12-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — East Midlands Trains, part of the Stagecoach Group, has today (20 December 2012) announced it will be offering free WiFi for rail passengers across 30 of its stations including major hubs such as Nottingham, Sheffield, Derby and… Read the full press release

Gateway Airport Offers Holiday Travel Tips

MESA, Ariz. — 2012-12-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport works hard to make your travel experience just plane easy.® You can take steps to better ensure an easy experience by arriving at Gateway two hours before your flight departs and allow for possible traffic delays on your way to the airport. If you are picking… Read the full press release

Hard Rock International Welcomes Hard Rock Hotel Cancun, An All Inclusive Experience, To Growing Hotel Portfolio

Orlando, Fla. – 2012-12-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hard Rock International – with hotel locations from Bali and San Diego to Singapore and Macau – announced the official grand opening of Hard Rock Hotel Cancun on Oct. 18 – 21, 2012, where guests enjoyed behind the velvet rope access to the legendary guitar smash and performances by… Read the full press release

Virgin Galactic, SPACESHIPTWO COMPLETES FIRST GLIDE IN POWERED FLIGHT CONFIGURATION

SpaceShipTwo today undertook its 23rd glide flight in the pre-powered portion of its incremental test flight program. 2012-12-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — This was a significant flight as it was the first with rocket motor components installed, including tanks. It was also the first flight with thermal protection applied to the spaceship’s leading edges. It followed an… Read the full press release

In Haiti, Digicel and Marriott Break Ground on More than Just a Hotel

In Haiti, Digicel and Marriott Break Ground on More than Just a Hotel

Property Brings 200 Jobs and Economic Vitality to Haiti Three Years After Quake. Port-au-Prince, Haiti – 2012-12-20 — /travelprnews.com/ —  Digicel and Marriott International (NYSE: MAR) today broke ground on the $45 million 175-room Marriott Hotels & Resorts brand hotel in the Turgeau area of Port-au-Prince, with opening expected in early 2015, making it the first… Read the full press release

Ryanair Announces New Chania (Greece) Base (No 55)

11 NEW ROUTES (26 IN TOTAL) & 500,000 PAX P.A. AT RYANAIR’S 1st GREEK BASE 2012-12-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ryanair, Europe’s only ultra-low cost airline, today (19 Dec) announced it would open its 1st Greek base (55th base in total) at Chania in April 2013 with one based aircraft and unveiled 11 new routes (26 in… Read the full press release

CAA, UK flight punctuality improved during London 2012

• In the third quarter of 2012, 80% of scheduled flights and 77% of charter flights were on-time, an increase of one percentage point and three percentage points respectively compared to the third quarter of 2011. • London City recorded the best on-time performance (91%) and shortest average delay (5 minutes) for scheduled flights among… Read the full press release

Change in SWISS top management

2012-12-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Holger Hätty, Chief Commercial Officer and member of the Management Board of Swiss International Air Lines, is to leave the company for personal reasons. Holger Hätty (54) will step down as SWISS’s Chief Commercial Officer at the beginning of 2013 after more than three years in the position. His departure is entirely… Read the full press release

British Airways Launches New Flight To China

2012-12-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — British Airways today (December 19) announced a new route to Chengdu in China, just weeks after starting services to Seoul in South Korea. To celebrate the launch, and reflecting the Chinese belief that eight is an auspicious number, flights to Chengdu are available from just £508 if booked between today and January… Read the full press release

Canada serves up a seasonal treat at EIBTM

Canada serves up a seasonal treat at EIBTM

Canada cooks up a storm to wow attendees at mega meetings and global business show in Barcelona 2012-12-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — The meetings, conventions and incentive travel (MC&IT) team at the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) ended 2012 with a splendid finale in Spain. EIBTM in Barcelona always ends the MC&IT year with a bang. The 25th-anniversary… Read the full press release

airberlin: Baltic Sea holidaymakers and cruise passengers can fly from Dusseldorf to Rostock-Laage starting in May 2013

2012-12-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — From the beginning of May through to the end of September 2013, airberlin will offer a new non-stop connection from Dusseldorf to Rostock-Laage. From there, cruise passengers will have a direct connection to the cruise ship terminal in Warnemünde. For Baltic Sea holidaymakers bus shuttle services are available to holiday areas such… Read the full press release

Rezidor appoints Elie Younes as Senior Vice President, Head of Group Development

Rezidor appoints Elie Younes as Senior Vice President, Head of Group Development

2012-12-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Rezidor Hotel Group today announced the appointment of Elie Younes as Senior Vice President, Head of Group Development effective 1st January 2013. Younes joined Rezidor’s regional office in Dubai in April 2010 as Vice President, Business Development Middle East & Africa, and took over the interim leadership of Rezidor’s corporate development… Read the full press release

STAGECOACH IN £4MILLION NEW BUS DELIVERY FOR WIGAN

• New vehicles introduced only weeks after takeover from First Group • 31 new buses to go into operation in local communities • Unlimited weekly travel on Stagecoach buses in Wigan to cost just £9 2012-12-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Stagecoach is taking delivery of more than 30 new buses worth almost £4million to go into service at its recently… Read the full press release

Tourism Ministry Announces Setting up of Southern Zonal Tourism Council

2012-12-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Union Tourism Minister Shri Chiranjeevi today announced the setting up of the Southern Zonal Tourism Council (SZTC) comprising the States of Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and the Union Territory of Puducherry. The Minister in his interaction with the office bearers of World Travel & Tourism Council – India Initiative (WTTCII)… Read the full press release

RED CARNATION HOTELS PARTNERS WITH TRIPADVISOR

RED CARNATION HOTELS PARTNERS WITH TRIPADVISOR

2012-12-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Red Carnation Hotels, the family-run luxury boutique hotel collection, has partnered with TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site to display traveller ratings, reviews and opinions on its website. The partnership will provide an increased wealth of information on the site, increasing user engagement and enabling potential guests to make more informed booking choices…. Read the full press release

Kirawira Serena Camp receives Condé Nast Gold list 2013 Recognition- one of the 510 Best Places to stay on Earth

Kirawira Serena Camp receives Condé Nast Gold list 2013 Recognition- one of the 510 Best Places to stay on Earth

2012-12-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — We are thrilled to announce that Kirawira Serena Camp has been named to the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler 2013 Gold List – Top 510 Best Places on Earth! Each year, the Condé Nast Traveler Gold List serves as a unique source of the top travel destinations, hotels, cruises and airlines in the… Read the full press release

EXPEDIA APP ARRIVES FOR WINDOWS 8

EXPEDIA APP ARRIVES FOR WINDOWS 8

More than 140,000 Hotels, Mobile Exclusive Deals With Up To 60% Off Now Accessible Via The Windows Store; App Features Real Time Availability BELLEVUE, Wash., 2012-12-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Expedia.com, one of the world’s leading online travel agencies, announced today that its highly popular Expedia app is launching on Windows 8. The app is available immediately for free download in… Read the full press release

Busiest Day for Expense Reports Exposes Potential Two Billion Dollar Waste for U.S. Businesses

Finance departments across the U.S. brace for holiday rush as expense report volume doubles on December 19th Redmond, Wash., 2012-12-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — As many employees get ready for their holiday break, company accountants are bracing for one of the most chaotic and costly times of the year. Concur (NASDAQ: CNQR), a leading provider of integrated travel and expense… Read the full press release

Ryanair Announces New Route For Summer 2013 From East Midlands To Zadar

Fly from just £8 on over 1,000 routes across Europe in Jan 2012-12-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ryanair, Europe’s only ultra-low cost airline, today Tuesday 18th Dec announced another new route from East Midlands to Zadar from 01st Apr 2013. Ryanair celebrated its new East Midlands route by releasing 100,000 seats across its European network, at prices… Read the full press release

12 MILLION BRITS TO TAKE A UK BREAK OVER THE FESTIVE PERIOD

2012-12-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — 12 million Brits (24 per cent of the adult population) plan to make the most of Christmas and New Year period by taking at least one overnight trip in the UK, with 9.8 million people (20 per cent) planning to take that trip in England, according to VisitEngland’s latest Trip Tracker survey. … Read the full press release

Emily Morgan Hotel Joins DoubleTree by Hilton Following $4.5 Million Renovation

DoubleTree by Hilton today announced the opening of the newly renovated, upscale, full-service, 177-room The Emily Morgan San Antonio - a DoubleTree by Hilton. Credit: DoubleTree by Hilton

Historic Hotel Marks Brand’s Third Location in San Antonio MCLEAN, Va. – 2012-12-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — DoubleTree by Hilton today announced the opening of the newly renovated, upscale, full-service, 177-room The Emily Morgan San Antonio – a DoubleTree by Hilton. The hotel is owned by Alamo Hotels, Inc. under a franchise license agreement with a subsidiary… Read the full press release

Arizona’s 2013 Travel Guide Available Soon

New Official State Visitor’s Guides and Maps Promotes State’s Vibrant Travel Destinations   2012-12-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Arizona Office of Tourism’s 2013 Arizona Official State Visitor’s Guide (OSVG), and accompanying Official State Visitor’s Map will be available free of charge to travelers by the end of the month. Abundant with valuable Arizona tourist information including traveling tips and statewide… Read the full press release

Qatar Tourism Authority showcases Qatar as a luxury destination at ILTM in Cannes

Qatar Tourism Authority showcases Qatar as a luxury destination at ILTM in Cannes

Qatar, Doha, 2012-12-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) took part in ILTM, the International Luxury Travel Market held at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès in Cannes, France, from the 3rd to the 6th of December 2012. Hosted by the QTA, the Qatar Pavilion was located on stand G190 and featured a large… Read the full press release

Rezidor appoints Olivier Harnisch as Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Rezidor appoints Olivier Harnisch as Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

2012-12-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Rezidor Hotel Group today announced the appointment of Olivier Harnisch (45) as Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer. Harnisch will succeed Wolfgang M. Neumann who is taking over from Kurt Ritter as the company’s new President & CEO. Harnisch currently serves as Vice President, Northern and Central Europe at Hilton… Read the full press release

Metrolink to buy newest, cleanest locomotives

Cleaner engines will provide more horsepower, greater operational efficiency LOS ANGELES – 2012-12-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Metrolink Board of Directors authorized the agency to enter into a contract to secure Tier 4 locomotives at its Dec. 14, 2012, meeting. The revolutionary locomotives are expected to reduce emissions by 86 percent. “This is a significant milestone in… Read the full press release

Newest Dual Branded Hilton Garden Inn® and Homewood Suites by Hilton™ Opens Doors in Atlanta

Hilton Worldwide today announced the opening of its newest hotel, the dual branded Hilton Garden Inn® and Homewood Suites by HiltonTM in Midtown Atlanta. Credit: Homewood Suites.

ATLANTA – 2012-12-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Worldwide today announced the opening of its newest hotel, the dual branded Hilton Garden Inn® and Homewood Suites by HiltonTM in Midtown Atlanta. Located at 97 10th Street, the 12 story hotel boasts 136 Hilton Garden Inn rooms and suites, and 92 Homewood studio and one bedroom suites.  The hotel is owned… Read the full press release

New Head of Corporate Communications at Lufthansa

Jürgen Homeyer to take over as interim Head of Corporate Communications / Executive Board Chairman Christoph Franz thanked Klaus Walther for his outstanding work / Walther will assume new responsibilities within the Group 2012-12-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Jürgen Homeyer (52) will take over as interim Head of Corporate Communications until a successor is named. Homeyer… Read the full press release

British Airways’ Pilots Switch To iPads

British Airways is equipping its 3,600 pilots with iPads to further improve customer service and operational efficiency levels.  2012-12-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — The move, which follows the airline’s rollout of iPads across its cabin crew and ground operations teams, is part of the company’s £5bn investment in new products and technology to provide the best possible… Read the full press release

Ryanair Announces Zadar Base (No 54)

7 NEW ROUTES (16 IN TOTAL) to DUBLIN, EAST MIDLANDS, GOTHENBURG, HAUGESUND, LIVERPOOL, PARIS & WROCLAW 300,000 PAX AT RYANAIR’S 1st CROATIAN BASE 2012-12-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ryanair, Europe’s only ultra-low cost airline, today (18 Dec) announced it would open its 54th base (1st in Croatia) at Zadar in April 2013 with one-based aircraft and unveiled… Read the full press release

Tourism Australia and Etihad Airways join forces to increase visitors from the Middle East, UK and Europe

Tourism Australia and Etihad Airways join forces to increase visitors from the Middle East, UK and Europe Key facts Tourism Australia and Etihad Airways have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at bringing more visitors from the Middle East, UK and Europe to Australia by leveraging the airline’s expanding international network. Under the new… Read the full press release